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Competitors conquer Whistler’s snow and dirt

Annual Crud 2 Mud race attracts 110 skiers, boarders and mountain bike racers

The fastest team of the day at Sunday’s Crud 2 Mud race blasted down Whistler Mountain in 11 minutes and 58 seconds. Trevwah Burke and Ken Young worked together to secure the win with solo racer James McSkimming crossing the finish line in 12:03.

The team of Jim Montrose and Sarah Hogg posted the third fastest time of the day at 12:08.

The racers skied or snowboarded from the Peak2Peak Gondola to the Expressway containers where snow gave way to dirt. At the transition zone teams tagged off while solo competitors either swapped their footwear or opted to ride with whatever they were wearing on the snow portion of the course.

Organizer Sebastian Fremont said the course was in great shape.

“The snow melted quickly early May so we had to go up to Expressway containers,” said Fremont.

“The snow hadn’t been groomed in about a month so we groomed it three times prior to the event. It settled but with a little bit of new precip and a lot of moisture. If you didn’t wax the skis properly it would have been slow,” Fremont said.

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